SINCE 1887 — on the first Friday of March every year — Christians have gathered worldwide to pray about issues such as family violence, child abuse, human trafficking and other forms of injustice.
It is called the World Day of Prayer.
This year, the World Day of Prayer will be held at St John’s Anglican Church on March 2, at 1.30pm.
The 2018 prayer will be directed at the 540,000 inhabitants of the Republic of Suriname in South America.
Despite a history steeped in slavery and political coups, this tiny nation has achieved remarkable progress since its independence in 1975.
Suriname enjoys multi-ethnicity and biodiversity, freedom of religion, free primary and secondary education, and free medical care for children and seniors.
However behind closed doors, family violence, abuse and neglect are ongoing issues. Children are particularly vulnerable; many growing up in orphanages or one-parent families.
While education is free, there is no compulsory school attendance. Child labour in the form of street selling is common, but the biggest concern is that many children are laboring in the gold mines.
Everyone is invited to join in the World Day of Prayer at St John’s Anglican Church.